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Open 4 Business Portal

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To support our businesses during the current COVID-19 crisis, and into the recovery phase, Carlisle City Council is providing free access to Open 4 Business. Open4Business is designed to support businesses locate relevant up to date funding opportunities.

The portal is updated regularly with new local, regional and national funding announcements and can be easily searched by businesses on the basis of their industry, region and business size. The portal then provides information on how to apply for funding and contact funders directly. To search for grants for your business you will first need to register on the Open4Business website


Grants and Funding News

CAF Tourle Foundation Fund - Imminent Deadline

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Grants are available to small local charitable organisations that are providing a service to the heart of their community within the UK for projects that meet a need and will make a difference to local people.

Fund Information

Funding body:

Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)

Maximum value:

£ 5,000

Application deadline:



The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Tourle Foundation Fund is a ten year programme funded through a £4.5 million legacy left for CAF to distribute.

Objectives of Fund

The funding is for local charitable organisations delivering services for local people in all parts of the UK.

Value Notes

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

The total project costs must not exceed £25,000.

Match Funding Restrictions

Match funding is not a requirement but organisations should state in their application if they have already secured or are applying for additional funding from other organisations.

Who Can Apply

Community charitable organisations with an annual income below £75,000 are eligible to apply.


United Kingdom


The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Organisations not providing local services for local people.

  • Organisations that are regional and national.

  • Organisations that are not charitable.

  • Organisations based outside the UK and/or delivering outside of the UK.

  • Organisations that have an annual income over £75,000.

  • Organisations in receipt of a grant from this programme within the last two years.

  • Political organisations or those promoting one faith/religion.

  • Requests for retrospective funding.

  • Individuals.

  • Full cost or contribution towards capital build – although refurbishments may be considered.

  • Core costs.

  • Salaries (may be considered in exceptional circumstances).

Eligible Expenditure

Organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people, whilst demonstrating the need and difference it will make.

Areas considered may include:

  • Projects with a community led ethos – this may be born from a community challenge or idea and run by members of the local community.

  • Organisations that find it difficult to attract mainstream funding.

  • Projects demonstrating the organisation is providing something which would not otherwise be available locally.

  • Projects demonstrating the organisation is doing great work that they are not recognised for.

Examples of eligible projects would include funding a charitable organisation set up by the community in a village, providing services to older people in isolation; a small community group on an estate providing drop in sessions for teenagers, etc.

Projects must be completed within a year from the date of the award.

How To Apply

The Fund is open for applications until 11 November (midnight). Groups will be notified of the outcome of their application in January 2020 with grant payment made in February 2020.

Application guidelines and an application form are available on the Charities Aid Foundation website.

Useful documents & links

Useful Links

Addresses and contacts

For further information on how to obtain this grant locally, please contact the following:

  1. Enquiries
    Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)
    25 Kings Hill Avenue
    Kings Hill
    West Malling
    ME19 4TA
    Tel: 03000 123 334
    Email: [email protected]

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